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The Erotics of Under/Development in Walter Rodney: On Sexual or Body Politics and Political Economics for Guerilla Intellectualism

Greg Thomas


The rhetoric of development is typically presumed to be a specifically political-economic rhetoric by bourgeois and non-bourgeois, imperialist and anti-imperialist perspectives on race and Western empire. But it is also and simultaneously a sexual-erotic (psycho-sexual/socio-sexual) rhetoric, language or discourse as, I shall argue, Rodney's writings in How Europe Underdeveloped Africa and beyond help reveal.


Walter Rodney, development, underdevelopment, socio-sexual, psycho-sexual

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West Africa Review. ISSN: 1525-4488 (online).
Editors: Adeleke Adeeko, Nkiru Nzegwu, and Olufemi Taiwo.

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